While HTML lets you do many things, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) let you do even more. In particular, they can save you a great deal of work when you want to make changes to the appearance of a Web page or even an entire website. This first article in a series covering CSS will explain where the CSS specification comes from and show you just a few of the ways you can use CSS.
Welcome to the series Learn CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). This series of articles will give you everything you need to master CSS 2.1. I wrote the series for anyone who wants to learn CSS. I assume that you have a basic understanding of HTML, XHTML and XML, and you know the difference between these markup languages and creating Web pages. We will take a practical approach to discussing the concepts of CSS, with real-world examples, and we will cover some information about CSS 3.0 Specifications too. To help you keep track of the order of the articles, I will use the title of the series (Learn CSS), followed by the title of the article, followed by the article number.
We begin with an introduction to CSS. We will choose the browsers that we will be working with through the code examples. After that, you will be introduced to basic CSS concepts such as rules, colors, data types, units, selectors and pseudo selectors. We will talk about inheritance and cascade; then we will discuss text and font properties, and concepts in detail with many examples.
We will also discuss positioning, tables vs. CSS, and we will investigate the box model concepts in CSS. Every available property that we can use will be discussed. We will talk about links, how to create menus with CSS, and more specifically, we will discuss how to create navigation menus. We will talk about creating backgrounds and the user interface, including lists. And of course we will talk about browser compatibility issues and printing style. Throughout the series we will be using many different CSS properties, so by the end of the series you will master CSS, and you will be ready to create professional websites. Let's begin.